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Student Activity Accessibility Checklist

This website features a sample checklist that contains activities frequently encountered by students attending college. Specifically, the checklist highlights activities that may present access problems or barriers. One can use the checklist to anticipate campus barriers to access and to determine where assistance or accommodations may be needed. A student can choose to complete the entire checklist, or focus on specific categories that are immediately relevant. (To see the full PDF version, click on the link below.)

Roger O. Smith, Jill Warnke and Dave Edyburn, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee & Daryl Mellard, Noelle Kurth and Gwen Berry, University of Kansas CRL, D

Student Activity Accessibility Checklist  (PDF File)

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability